In the shadow of Los Angeles's grand hotels and resort behemoths, boutique hotels offer a more intimate and personalized lodging experience. Though in general boutiques tend to be smaller properties, oftentimes the square footage of your room will be larger than that of a standard hotel. And what they lack in acreage, boutiques more than make up for in comfort and attention to design details. Rather than the bland luxury of more "corporate" hotels, the boutiques on this list boast rave-worthy décor, from spare ultra-modern to rich European to glam '80s styles. Their petite size also makes it possible for these boutique picks to wedge their way into some of LA's most dense yet sought-after and up-and-coming neighborhoods. The amenities tend to be unique too, whether it's a display of urban art, a hot restaurant, a specialty spa, or in-room fireplaces. These five are the cream of the boutique crop!
The Line Hotel
Koreatown is arguably one of the city’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods, and now it has its own design hotel courtesy of the Sydell Group. If you don’t make it to one of the in-house restaurants, dine on room service courtesy of Roy Choi, but be sure to make it to the hotel bars done by the Houston Brothers, as well as the homewares design shop by Poketo. After cruising K-Town on one of the complimentary Linus bikes, you’ll be welcomed home with incredible views and spacious-yet-sparse rooms.
Mr. C Beverly Hills
"Mr. C" refers to Ignazio Cipriani and his brother Maggio, fourth-generation descendents of the family behind internationally acclaimed Cipriani restaurant. They've infused the hotel with the same modern European elegance, but black-and-white classic film stills and Beverly Hills views impart a sense of place. Savor Cipriani classics in The Restaurant.
Ensconced in a nondescript 1970s apartment building, this unassuming boutique hotel is a peaceful retreat from the hard-partying Sunset Strip nearby. Slick black-and-white decor with bronze and gold accents belies the ho-hum exterior. Unwind at the rooftop pool with panoramic views, on your private balcony, or by the in-room fireplace.
With just 32 rustic-eclectic rooms, this petite boutique's amenities are surprisingly robust. Onsite Thai massage, Dean and Deluca-stocked minibars, and Southern comfort food at The Hart and The Hunter restaurant are cool perks, but the location smack in the middle of the Melrose Avenue shopping district is the selling point.